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Mordellistena cervicalis LeConte - Mordellistena cervicalis - male

Mordellistena cervicalis LeConte - Mordellistena cervicalis - Male
Dick Nichols District Park, Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
April 9, 2011
Mordellistena cervicalis LeConte
Det. M. A. Quinn, 2011

Spmn sent to TAMUIC

M. comata?
M. cervicalis seems to be generally recognized as northeast/central species, while M. comata is the souther one, usually with more silver (perhaps this one is it bit old?). While appearance doesn't seem like the most worthy way to tell otherwise similar species apart, that seems to be what we're currently going with today.

 
Jackman determined a spmn from Austin as cervicalis

Mordellistena cervicalis LeConte
Det. J. A. Jackman, 1993

 
thoughts
Yea, I saw that one. Wish we could ask him this thoughts on M.comata. Based on a couple other of his determinations of TX beetles, I'm guessing he was a "lumper", and thougt comata wasn't valid. Yet, the litturature (such as it is for this family) still separates the two.

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